Shards of Exo: Natura (Incomplete)

by Arbiter



'The Shards of Exo' was an Audio Puzzle sub-album, an expansion EP to Ironclad/Machinations, designed to shed light on Exo, the island between Eos Lux (home of The Ironclad) and Eos Umbra (home of The Extropians) in the Arbiter back-story. This mysterious island holds The Shards of Exo:
"The shards were once part of a recording stone containing "The Hymn of Exo", a song of unity and co-operation. Now the Hymn is scattered in fragments, and it's up to YOU to put them back in order to learn the pass-code for unlocking an undiscovered secret about Arbiter's new Ironclad/Machinations albums!"

The expansion EP did not enter production, and remains merely a concept. The audio for The Shards of Exo was to be a bonus track cut up into 14 coherent sections, then rearranged and scattered across Shards of Exo: Mecha and Natura. Using the language of the Dua and the sound of the song itself, listeners would have been challenged to arrange the tracks in a way which presented a riddle across all of their bizarre looking titles.

Once deciphered, the riddle's answer would have unlocked the password-protected file containing various bonus materials—"The Treasures of Exo"—including the full bonus song in the correct order as well as the "Great Divide" super-song (the enhanced version of the result of playing "The Diverge" and "The Divide" at the exact same time.)

The enhanced "supersong" was never recorded as Ironclad/Machinations production limitations did not meet the expectations of the band. This, of course, halted production of this expansion EP as well.


released February 19, 2013



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